Humanitarianism is kindness, benevolence/helpfulness, and sympathy toward others. Humanitarians can inspire others for many reasons. Perhaps they shed light on something that needs or deserves more attention. Perhaps they inspire you to do something in your life that is beneficial to others or even that is helpful or productive in your own life. Whatever the outcome, humanitarians can be inspiring. There are humanitarians that are ranked highly historically.
Tegla Loroupe is an athlete and a humanitarian. She is a long-distance track and road runner. She often runs barefoot. She holds or has held several world records. She has won multiple marathons. In 2016, she organized her country’s Refugee Team for the 2016 Summer Olympics.
Tegla Chepkite Loroupe was born in 1973 in Kutomwony, Kenya. Her’s was the Pokots culture which is a polygamous culture. Her father had four wives and Tegla had 24 siblings. She spent time as a child caring for her younger siblings, working in the fields, and tending cattle.
When Tegla was six years old, she started Kapsait Elementary School, which she ran to and from everyday. At school she started winning races of 800 or 1500 meters regularly. This led to her deciding to become a professional runner.
Tegla gained support from the Athletics Kenya federation when she won a cross country race in 1988. This led to her earning Bronze medals in World Championships in 1995 and 1999, Gold medals in five World Half Marathon Championships between 1997 and 1999, and a Silver medal in a World Half Marathon in 1997. Marathons she has won include the New York City Marathon and marathons in London, Boston, and Rome.
She has the Tegla Loroupe Peace Foundation “Peace Through Sports”. In 2003, she started an annual series of Peace Marathons. In 2006, she was named a United Nations Ambassador of Sport. She is, also, an International Sports Ambassador for the International Association of Athletics Federations, the IAAF, and for UNICEF. Tegla opened a school and an orphanage. She has been honored and awarded for her work for peace, women’s rights, and education. Be inspired! Have a bright day!